For centuries, men and women have found
that the sparkle and brilliance of a quality diamond expresses their
deepest emotions and symbolizes their enduring love. Yet with many
beautiful diamonds to choose from - and no two alike - how do you pick
the right diamond while spending wisely? The 4Cs, along with the
guidance of a trusted jeweler such as Foxfire Jewelers, will lead you
to the answer.
To establish a diamond's quality, jewelers examine each of the 4Cs
- cut, clarity, carat weight and color. The combination of the 4Cs
determines the value of a particular diamond. For example, a colorless
diamond is at the top of the Diamond Quality Hierarchy in color ... but
if it lacks clarity, is small, or not well cut, it will be of a lower
beauty and therefore, value. The most beautiful diamonds are
those with superior cutting to show the greatest sparkle, good clarity
so as not to detract from the overall look, excellent color to appear
white as ice and snow, and size enough to make you proud.
We can help find a diamond that's right for you. Our personal
service will help guide you through the choices in a way that feels
comfortable and relaxed. Buying a diamond should be an enjoyable
experience, not a daunting task or a battle of wills with the
salesperson. We promise no pressure, ever, and we never work on
The Diamonds we carry are all certified Conflict Free, subject to
the Kimberly Process, so you may rest assured they do not promote bad
Foxfire Jewelers is also proud to announce that we have found a
supplier of Ideal Cut Diamonds in smaller sizes so even our multi
diamond pieces and side stones can be amazing, with the superior
sparkle and brilliance that makes diamonds so beautiful.
We will give you all the education you need, because we make it
our business to know alot about diamonds. Knowing a diamond's place in
the Diamond Quality Hierarchy will help you to make an informed
decision. Ultimately, you'll discover the unique combination of the
characteristics that makes a particular diamond the right choice for
you. Its beauty and brilliance will capture the true sentiment of the
How to Measure a Diamond's Value
The Four C's are a framework to help you compare diamonds. While
all diamonds are precious, those of the highest quality - possessing
the best combination of Cut, Clarity, Carat weight and Color - are the
earth's rarest, most valuable and most beautiful to the eye.
The Larger a Diamond, the More Rare
Larger diamonds are found relatively infrequently in nature, which
places them at the rarest level of the Diamond hierarchy. What also
makes a bigger diamond so desirable is that it shows off a stone's fine
color and cut, and therefore its brilliance, to its best advantage.
A diamond's size is measured in carat weight, and each carat is
equal to 100 points. A .75 carat diamond is the same as a 75-point
diamond or a 3/4 carat stone.
While larger diamonds are highly prized, diamonds of equal size
may vary widely in value and brilliance, depending on their qualities
of clarity, cut, and color.
The Purer a Diamond, the More Brilliant
The greater a diamond's clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and
rare it is - and the higher it is on the Diamond Quality Hierarchy.
Virtually all natural diamonds contain identifying
characteristics, yet many are invisible to the naked eye. Under the
scrutiny of a jeweler's 10x-magnifying loupe or microscope, natural
phenomena - called inclusions - may be seen. These are nature's
birthmarks, and they may look like tiny crystals, clouds, or feathers.
Diamonds categorized as internally flawless reveal no such
inclusions. Flawless stones are at the peak of the Diamond Quality
Hierarchy and are treasured for their rarity and beauty. Diamonds with
very, very small inclusions are graded as VVS1 or VVS2. The larger the
inclusion, the lower the grade and the less rare the diamond.
Inclusions that can be seen with the naked eye are graded I1 or I3.
The number, color, type, size and position of surface and internal
birthmarks affect a diamond's value. Major inclusions can interfere
with the path of light that travels through a diamond, diminishing its
brilliance and sparkle and therefore its value.
Pure the Color in a Diamond, the More Rare
Diamonds are graded by color, starting at D and continuing through
the alphabet. Truly colorless stones, graded D, treasured for their
rarity and value, are highest on the Diamond Quality Hierarchy.
While many diamonds appear colorless, they may actually have
subtle yellow or brown tones and these color grades include P and Q.
Although still beautiful, they will be less rare and therefore less
valuable. To appreciate the simple beauty of each individual stone, you
should compare diamonds side by side with a jeweler.
"Fancy" diamonds - in well defined colors that include red, pink,
blue, green and canary yellow - are highly prized and particularly rare.
The Better Cut a Diamond, the More Brilliant
A well cut or faceted diamond, regardless of its shape,
scintillates with fire and light - offering the greatest brilliance and
While nature determines a diamond's clarity, carat weight and
color, the hand of a master craftsman is necessary to release its fire,
sparkle and beauty. When a diamond is cut to good proportions, light
will reflect from one mirror-like facet to another and disperse through
the top of the stone, resulting in a display of brilliance and fire.
Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose light
that spills through the side or bottom. As a result, poorly cut stones
will be less brilliant and beautiful - and certainly less valuable -
than well cut diamonds higher on the Diamond Quality Hierarchy.